Southwest eyes new international routes, and BWI will play a role

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport could become a hub for Southwest Airlines flights to Canada or Europe in a few years' time, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said Wednesday. Kelly said BWI, the second largest hub in Southwest's system, "would be a logical consideration for us as a connecting point to Europe." He also said flights to Canada from Baltimore "would absolutely be something we would be interested in considering." (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Reisterstown-based R/C Theatres buys movie theater at TownMall of Westminster

The movie theater in TownMall of Westminster has been sold, and will soon see improvements to include reclining seats and lower prices, according to the new ownership. The new owner and operator is R/C Theatres, a Reisterstown-based company that manages theaters in 10 other area locations, including the Hanover 16 and Gettysburg 8 in Pennsylvannia. The company has historically managed theaters in Carroll County as well, including a drive-in in Taneytown and a twin theater in Eldersburg’s Carrolltown Mall, but R/C Theatres President Scott Cohen said the TownMall location has long held his interest. (Carr. Co. Times)

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This Gaithersburg health IT startup raised $2M in seed funding from some big names

Insightin Health, a Gaithersburg data startup that connects health insurers with consumers, has raised $2 million in seed financing. New York-based venture capital firm Health Catalyst Capital Management led the round, announced Tuesday, with participation from several local investors including Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, Maryland’s Technology Development Corp., SaaS Ventures, TCP Ventures and an angel group led by Blu Venture Investors Founding Principal Paul Silber. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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May 16 // Montgomery County makes it easier to install small-cell antennas on utility poles

The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday made it easier for wireless Internet companies to install new equipment on utility poles in commercial and mixed-use areas but continued restricting new cell structures in residential zones. The changes came as wireless companies say they need more leeway to boost Internet speeds via the coming 5G network comprised of smaller antennas closer together and closer to the ground than on the traditional much larger cell towers. The debate had raised concerns among some residents’ about the proliferation of ugly poles and the potential health impacts. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland General Assembly leaders open to special session on sports betting, but Gov. Hogan is not

Don’t go placing any bets that Maryland lawmakers will act soon to legalize sports wagering. A day after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to offer sports betting, the Maryland General Assembly’s leaders said Tuesday they are willing to consider convening a special session about whether to allow the wagering at state casinos. But they deferred to Gov. Larry Hogan, who a spokeswoman said “has no plans” to call lawmakers to Annapolis. (Balt. Sun-AP)

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Under Armour president purchases nearly $500,000 worth of stock

Under Armour Inc. President Patrik Frisk bought $500,000 worth of company's shares through his family trust as he continues to work on turning around the sportswear maker. Frisk, who joined the company in July, purchased 14,000 Class A shares at an average price of $18.50 and 14,000 Class C shares at an average price of $16.62, according to a federal securities filing Monday. In total, Frisk purchased $491,680 worth of shares. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore Corps receives $500K donation — largest in the nonprofit's history

Baltimore Corps, a social innovation nonprofit, received its largest private donation to date Tuesday — $500,000 from local philanthropists Patricia and Mark Joseph of the Shelter Foundation. The donation is intended to help expand and enhance some of the nonprofit's programs and services. It also contributes to Baltimore Corps' overall mission to "accelerate social innovation" and address equity and racial justice in Baltimore City. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Lyft targets more than 50,000 potential riders at Fort Meade

As Lyft continues its efforts to grow ridership and visibility in the Baltimore area, it is making sure to include one of Maryland's largest employer sites: Fort Meade. Lyft is expanding its ridesharing services into the Fort Meade by the end of June 2018. The expansion will allow the company to serve about 12,000 individuals who live on base, along with more than 40,000 who commute to the military base and surrounding areas each day. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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